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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement by the Press Secretary on Daily Calls with Gulf Coast State Governors

“Today, to ensure consistent coordination with the Gulf Coast states, Admiral Thad Allen, Secretaries Janet Napolitano and Ken Salazar, Administrator Lisa Jackson and NOAA Deputy Under Secretary Monica Medina began daily calls with the Governors from the five Gulf Coast states to provide updates on the response to the BP oil spill and answer any questions that arise.  Governors Barbour, Crist, Jindal, Perry and Riley have been invited to participate in the daily calls moving forward.  These daily calls are a follow up to the calls last Friday and Sunday between the Governors and the agencies involved in the federal response, as well as the calls last week between the President and the Governors and the President’s visit to the region on Sunday.  These calls are intended to further the already unprecedented cooperation and focused effort between state and local officials and the federal government in response to this situation.”